Night shift naps - page 3

A BIG no-no...but some RN's still do it. And, for the most part get by with it. HOW? It is embarrassing to the unit when there is a float nurse not to mention the alarms answered on their behalf. ... Read More

  1. by   rebel1
    hey Kitty, I have to agree about the lateness of co-workers. When I worked 3-11, the night was never on time and when they showed up, they had to go into the kitchen to make coffee and get a snack before counting drugs. This used to drive me crazy- ok being late every once in a while ( I understand) but get your butt in there and let the people who have been off their feet for the past 8-12 hours go home. It is called respect for the profession and your co0workers.
  2. by   sayitgirl
    There's nothing new about this story....
  3. by   Camile
    I've seen a RN sleeping in the breakroom her bestfriend obviously was the charge nurse who watch her patients. The RN sleeping complained of being so tired because she was on her 5th night doing a twelve hour shift. Don't be greedy go home get some rest at least so you can go shopping at Wal-Mart with that big check you slept for. Camile
  4. by   MichaelLooney
    My problem was always that I'd be busy busy busy and be exhusted, then I'd sit down to to do my charting and fall asleep before I'd hardly get started. Been told I'm strange b/c I'm a 'day' person, and even as a child, I've never been able to get myself up or work or do anything before the sun was up, or after it was down. It was like my brain just shut down. Unfortunatley the morning shift has to start at 5:30, before the sun is up, and the evening shift ended at like 11 pm, long after the sun set...so I chose the lesser of two evils and went with the evening.
    I tried different things, like drinking coffee (I am NOT a caffine drinker at all!), standing up to do my charting, even moving around while I was doing it, but I'd just fall asleep on my feet or end up leaning against the wall.
    I guess I was just lucky that by the time I'd finish getting all the residents into bed and have everything situated with them, it was about 9:30 at night.
  5. by   elizabeth321
    I hope that I am never a patient or that my family/loved ones are never patients on these units where you people never take breaks! It is well documented that breaks are necessary. There is NOTHING wrong with sleeping on your designated break if that is what you want to do....

    I can't believe that the people you work for think it is acceptable to not give breaks....man this thread is just blowing me away.

    As far as people sleeping and not working etc....document and report. If things don't improve find a place to work where management deals with issues.

    Eliz
  6. by   MichaelLooney
    Quote from elizabeth321
    I can't believe that the people you work for think it is acceptable to not give breaks....man this thread is just blowing me away.
    We were told that breaks are a bemefit, not a requirement.
  7. by   RainDreamer
    Quote from MichaelLooney
    We were told that breaks are a bemefit, not a requirement.
    A benefit?!?! Wow, that's nuts. I'd find a different place to work.
  8. by   neygray
    Breaks a benefit?! I beg to differ. Check with the Dept of Labor in your state. If you are working more than 4 hours, the law states you are to get a break in the state I worked. I worked 12 hour shifts and we got two 15 minute breaks and a 30 minute lunch. Occasionally, you got busy and didn't take the breaks and usually took a longer lunch.
  9. by   kitty29
    Quote from rebel1
    hey Kitty, I have to agree about the lateness of co-workers. When I worked 3-11, the night was never on time and when they showed up, they had to go into the kitchen to make coffee and get a snack before counting drugs. This used to drive me crazy- ok being late every once in a while ( I understand) but get your butt in there and let the people who have been off their feet for the past 8-12 hours go home. It is called respect for the profession and your co0workers.
    I've been off for a while - Thanks!
  10. by   kitty29
    Quote from Camile
    I've seen a RN sleeping in the breakroom her bestfriend obviously was the charge nurse who watch her patients. The RN sleeping complained of being so tired because she was on her 5th night doing a twelve hour shift. Don't be greedy go home get some rest at least so you can go shopping at Wal-Mart with that big check you slept for. Camile

    Now this does seem a tad bit harsh to me...this person is on her break, taking a break in a correct staff area...she can do whatever she wants to. And if you work 5 12hr shifts in a row it isn't always OT either....our pp goes weds to weds so many people ask to work 4 or 5 in a row to have a nice stretch off.
  11. by   kitty29
    Quote from MichaelLooney
    My problem was always that I'd be busy busy busy and be exhusted, then I'd sit down to to do my charting and fall asleep before I'd hardly get started. Been told I'm strange b/c I'm a 'day' person, and even as a child, I've never been able to get myself up or work or do anything before the sun was up, or after it was down. It was like my brain just shut down. Unfortunatley the morning shift has to start at 5:30, before the sun is up, and the evening shift ended at like 11 pm, long after the sun set...so I chose the lesser of two evils and went with the evening.
    I tried different things, like drinking coffee (I am NOT a caffine drinker at all!), standing up to do my charting, even moving around while I was doing it, but I'd just fall asleep on my feet or end up leaning against the wall.
    I guess I was just lucky that by the time I'd finish getting all the residents into bed and have everything situated with them, it was about 9:30 at night.
    Actually there is research out there if you stay free of the caffiene you'll actually do better on a night shift...not death drop. In fact insted of a nap the best thing to do is take a short walk it will wake you up...get the blood pumping. Best to stay away from junk food, but that is difficult where I work we all are huge pot-luckers!
  12. by   kitty29
    Quote from elizabeth321
    I hope that I am never a patient or that my family/loved ones are never patients on these units where you people never take breaks! It is well documented that breaks are necessary. There is NOTHING wrong with sleeping on your designated break if that is what you want to do....

    I can't believe that the people you work for think it is acceptable to not give breaks....man this thread is just blowing me away.

    As far as people sleeping and not working etc....document and report. If things don't improve find a place to work where management deals with issues.

    Eliz
    Me too! It is a law about the breaks! And it does help - no matter how busy you are. It will give you time to regroup. It is rare when I don't take even a 15 min break even when charge. There are times we don't, but we call the supervisor and ask for lunches to be brought up and each takes a turn to eat.
  13. by   Qulen-2006
    I think one should have a nap when all things have been done and there is not anything to do and you don know there won't anything unexcepted happen.

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